Freelance journalist Josh Kruger gunned down in Philadelphia home

October 7, 2023

Tragedy struck the family of a freelance, Philadelphia-based reporter after he was gunned down in his home, not long after receiving a bizarre threat.

According to the New York Post, Josh Kruger, 39, was shot at the base of his stairs at his Point Breeze home in the early morning hours.

Just two weeks prior, Kruger said he was threatened by someone who called themselves "Lady Diabla, the She-Devil of the Streets."

He collapsed in the street in front of his home as he desperately sought help after being shot by the mysterious murderer.

Bizarre circumstances

Kruger, who was the former communications director for the city’s Office of Homeless Services, had complained several weeks ago about the mysterious threat from the unidentified person.

Local authorities are still unclear on how the intruder had the chance to shoot him inside his home.

"Either the door was open, or the offender knew how to get the door open," Deputy Police Commissioner Frank Vanore reportedly said. "We just don’t know yet."

The Post noted:

The person came to his house searching for their boyfriend “a man I’ve never met once in my entire life,” and threatened Kruger, according to the outlet. The post was not visible on Kruger’s profile Monday afternoon.

"Josh cared deeply about our city and its residents, which was evident both in his public service and in his writing," Mayor Jim Kenney wrote. "His intelligence, creativity, passion, and wit shone bright in everything that he did — and his light was dimmed much too soon."

Social media reacts

Many across social media noted that Kruger was seemingly killed by the same type of people for which he advocated. Kruger was also known for downplaying the violence epidemic in his city.

A suspect, Robert Edmond Davis, was named in the ongoing case.

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